Duncan Ferguson has spoken of his pride after being named as Everton manager, even if it is on an interim basis.
The club great has stepped into the role following the sacking of Marco Silva this week, the club currently languishing in the Premier League‘s relegation places following their midweek Merseyside derby thrashing at Liverpool.
Ferguson will take charge of Everton for the first time during Saturday lunchtime’s clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park, and the Scot admits it is a dream come true to be offered the opportunity to turn the club’s fortunes around.
“It’ll be an incredibly proud moment for me,” Ferguson said at his first press conference as interim manager.
“Everybody knows how I feel about the club. I’ll be incredibly proud, emotional, nervous, excited. I’m obviously looking for a positive result.
“I’m a coach at the moment so I don’t think that is something I am considering at this time. It is a dream to be Everton manager but I am also realistic (about the role being made permanent).
“Who wouldn’t want to be manager of Everton? There will be many top managers want this job.”
However, Big Dunc did reveal there has been a ‘mixed’ reaction to the departure of Marco Silva within the squad.
“It’s unfortunate that he has lost his job but I think the results determine that. It was a sad time,” he said.
“It was [a] mixed [reaction], nobody likes to see the manager lose their job – me included. It was a mixed feeling, but we’ve got to try and pick them up now. That’s the great thing about football, there’s always another game.”
Everton head into the clash having slipped into the relegation places after losing their last three league fixtures and will face a Chelsea side currently cemented in the top four following their midweek win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.